A Surprise Birthday Party

Last Saturday J and I packed up the car and headed east river.  Miss J, KJ’s Sister and a Cousin along with KJ’s Hubby, Mike, and I planned and pulled off a surprise birthday party.

I don’t remember who came up with the thought, I think it was KJ’s Sister.  The initial idea was brainstormed on New Year’s Eve.  We kept it a secret almost a year. The first rule of surprise party success was not telling the kids.  KJ and Mike have 3 little ones and they were as surprised as she was.

December 5

Pictures:  Upper Left: KJ opening her gift from me.  Lower Left: KJ and I with The Pioneer Woman’s Holiday Cookbook.

Middle row: Top: KJ and J.  Middle: Miss J and I. Bottom: Miss J and KJ.

Upper Right: Miss J a/k/a Hostess with the Mostess! Lower Right: KJ in B&W opening gifts.

Miss J was in charge of the menu.  We had a delicious line up of hot and cold savory and sweet dips and dippers.  Grinch Kabobs were a hit and so were the sweet snacks.  KJ’s Sister was our head shopper and helped with party invitations. KJ’s Cousin is a graphic designer and was recruited to make formal invitations.

I made the decor.  I took mason jars hot glued a strip of burlap to them and layered a strip of ribbon and/or colored raffia.  For an accent, I added a raffia bow or flowers.

December 5

Pictures:  Upper Left: Mark, Miss J’s Husband, and J.  Lower Left: KJ’s Cousin and daughter.

Middle row: Top: KJ and J.  Middle: KJ. Bottom: KJ reading birthday cards.

Upper Right: KJ’s Cousin, two of KJ’s kiddos and her niece. Lower Right: Sir G, KJ’s youngest.

December 5

Sunday morning we woke up to the wonderful smell of egg bake in the slow cooker. After dinner the guys headed out to hunt pheasants.  I went along to get some fresh air and capture some pictures.

Pictures:  Upper Left: My Hubby.  Lower Left: KJ’s Hubby and son L.

Middle row: Top: J.  It has been a few year since J has had the chance to pheasant hunt.  We had a beautiful afternoon to get a few birds.  Middle: Mike and Kari along with Mike’s folks have a hunting business, Sandy Cedars Lodge, Bottom: KJ’s Father-in-Law and L.

Upper Right: KJ’s Father-in-Law and L. Lower Right: J, you may never see this many pictures of my Husband again.

A weekend with two of my closest girls was long over due.  We had a great time with our friends as well as KJ and Mike’s families.  It was really fun to come together and celebrate the birthday of a person that is so special to all of us!

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7 Responses to A Surprise Birthday Party

  1. Darcy says:

    How fun! And way to pull off the surprise – she looks like she really enjoyed her party. 🙂

  2. cheri says:

    Way to pull off a surprise party and keep it under wraps for a year!
    Looks like ya all had a blast. I love pheasant hunting. Hope you guys got a few. They are delicious!

  3. Bonnie says:

    What fun! My husband and I spent a week with my sister and time with family is worth every minute. It does my heart good to see that you had a good time with your relatives. I hope they got their limit in pheasants?

  4. Linda W says:

    Always fun to celebrate special occasions with your family! Nice photos of the event.

  5. Kim says:

    The party looks like great fun! I’ve heard mixed reviews about the pheasant population in this area. Hope they had good luck!

  6. Buttons says:

    Oh Robyn that looks like so much fun, a year Wow that is incredible and don’t tell the kids is very good advice:) Hug B

  7. emily says:

    That looks like a superb weekend. I’m glad you were able to pull it off!

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